Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Today's Chocolate

Today's chocolate is a square of Lindt Creation (70%) Cherry and Chili, a dark chocolate filled with dark mousse, cherry and chili filling. I grabbed this weighty bar at The Fresh Market during a buying bingem intrigued by the combination of so many flavors. Tempting, despite my aversion to those gooey chocolate cherry cordials I had to force down my throat during holidays with relatives. (shudder) This looked much better.

It almost seems like overkill, but after sampling the chocolate I must commend the fine folks at Lindt for an unusually delightful confection.

The outer chocolate "shell" has a fine sheen, with each square noticable printed with the Lindt and Sprungli crest. At first bite, however, the bar is deceptive. You get the creaminess of the mousse first and can sense the solid dark giving away as you bite down, as though the square would crumble. It manages to stay together, though. But if you're like me and you nibble, you'll wonder where the rest of the flavors come to play.

Bite too deeply, and you might experience a rush of thick cherry filling. It is subtle, more sweet than tart, but the outer shell breaks easily in your mouth as you continue the square. You'll be nearly done savoring that flavor when you detect a warming on your tongue. There's the chili. It's not as pronounced as Moonstruck's chili bar, but it provides a spicy finish that doesn't overpower the other flavors. This seems like a good confection to go with a bold red wine.

Once you consume chocolate, chocolate will consume you.- Unknown

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